Dairy Herd Management, Pork magazine's sister publication, reports that most Proposition 2 opposition came from California’s Central Valley in last week’s election. That isn’t surprising, since the Central Valley is where most of the state’s animal agriculture is located. What’s surprising is the opposition's strength in relation to the rest of the state.

Sixty-three percent of the state’s voters approved the animal-confinement initiative. But in some of the Central Valley counties, opposition ran as high as 58.4 percent. In that area, "no” votes totaled 54.3 percent in Madera, 56 percent in Stanislaus and 58.4 percent in Merced counties

Overall, the counties that turned thumbs-down on the measure included Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties, as well as the rural, ag-oriented Northern California counties of Tehama, Modoc, Glenn, Colusa, Sutter and Lassen, reports the Merced Sun-Star.

It's no surprise, but it was a different story in the San FranciscoBay area. In San MateoCounty, 68 percent of the voters voted “yes.” In MarinCounty, nearly 72 percent voted in the affirmative.